17 Feb 2023

Delhi Mayor Election: Nominated Members Have No Right To Vote, Rules SC; Kejriwal Hails Verdict

New Delhi: A hearing was held in the Supreme Court today on the issue of Delhi Mayor election. The court has given instructions to conduct these elections in the first meeting. For this, it has been asked to issue notice within 24 hours. 

During the hearing, the court said that nominated members do not have the right to vote.The SC said the Constitution has imposed a restriction in terms of which nominated members do not have the right to vote. The prohibition on nominated members in the exercise of the right to vote applies on the first meeting.
The notice for the election of mayor and the first meeting of the MCD shall be issued within 24 hours and the notice shall fix the date at which the elections of mayor, deputy mayor and standing committee members shall be held, the bench said.

Shelly Oberoi had filed the petition

AAP's mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi had filed a petition challenging the decision to give voting rights to nominated councilors in the mayoral elections. Shelly had demanded from the court that the election of mayor should be conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
SC order victory of democracy

SC's order is a victory for democracy: Kejriwal

After the decision of the Supreme Court, Kejriwal tweeted and said - SC's order is a victory for democracy. Many thanks to SC. Delhi will now get a mayor after two and a half months. It has been proved that how LG and BJP together are passing illegal and unconstitutional orders in Delhi.

AAP had strongly opposed voting powers to nominated members

AAP had strongly opposed LG VK Saxena's decision to allow 10 nominated MCD members to vote. Because of this, BJP and AAP created a lot of ruckus in the meetings of councilors on 6th January, 24th January and 6th February. Because of this the election of the mayor could not be held.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act also states that the nominated members or aldermen cannot vote in the meetings of the House.


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